Miller has proclaimed that he will not play the 2016 under the franchise tag, FOX31 Denver reports.
This social media proclamation comes right after Miller claimed that he could not see himself playing for another team or sitting out the 2016 season. While this might seem like an about-face, Miller is simply reducing options, leaving - surprise, surprise - a long-term deal as the lone remaining choice. Miller wants a long-term deal and he wants to get paid upfront. Any public comments between now and the July 15 deadline for franchise-tag players will likely come down to that very point.
Miller does not anticipate sitting out this season or playing for another team, the Denver Post reports.
The Broncos' and Miller's standoff has been dissected almost daily, with even the stud linebacker's Instagram providing fodder. A few positive remarks in an interview should not be seen as a turning point, but they are certainly better than the harsher stances fellow stars have made with their teams during negotiations. Don't expect for him to back down, however. In the end, Miller's positivity comes from the knowledge that the market favors him, especially following Fletcher Cox's $103 million contract, and that the Broncos will have little choice other than upping their offer.
Despite the team having until the middle of next month to come to an agreement with the star edge rusher, they curiously imposed a Tuesday deadline for negotiations. The deal is tricky because both sides feel as though they have leverage. Denver can say that it is paying Miller more than any defender in league history and can always fall back on slapping him with the franchise for the next three years for about $55 million total. Miller, on the other hand, was easily the team's best player in the AFC title game and Super Bowl 50 and is entering a market in which Olivier Vernon is making $17 million per year. At the end of the day, it is difficult to picture Miller in a color other than orange in the coming years as there is still time to make a deal and the Broncos have the franchise-tag fallback.
In a promotional event on Wednesday, Von Miller said, "I'm going to be in Denver no matter what. The contract is going to take care of itself. I'm going to be a Denver Bronco for life," Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.
The Denver Broncos applied an exclusive rights franchise tag to their Super Bowl MVP in March but Miller has yet to sign the tag. The two sides are expected to hammer out a long-term deal before the season gets underway. Miller has been absent from voluntary team workouts as a result of the contract dispute, but it appears both sides are eager to get the deal done as General Manager John Elway told KDSP-AM, "We want Von to be a Bronco for life too."
Von Miller is not expected to attend the Denver Broncos ' voluntary offseason workouts, which start Monday, the Denver Post reports.
The Broncos applied their exclusive franchise tag to Miller, which is worth a little more than $14 million fully guaranteed, but he has yet to sign his contract tender to date. It's now expected that the star outside linebacker will remain absent until he is able to come to terms on a long-term deal with the Broncos, an outcome that Miller's representatives and the team are working toward.
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